South Africa women 270 for 9 (Tryon 65, Lee 54, van Niekerk 44, Akter 2-22) beat Bangladesh women 164 (Hoque 69, Tryon 2-14, van Niekerk 3-23) by 106 runs
Captain Dane van Niekerk and Chloe Tryon‘s all-round shows handed South Africa a 106-run win against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom. Van Niekerk’s 52-ball 44 and Tryon’s 42-ball 65 took South Africa to 270 for 9, and then the duo shared five wickets between them to skittle out the visitors for 164.
South Africa were off to a strong start after opting to bat. Openers Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt put together a 67-run stand which was broken by legspinner Fahima Khatun. A couple of quick wickets followed, but Van Niekerk, at No. 5, steadied things with a 63-run stand with Mignon du Preez. Tryon came in after that and stayed on till the 49th over to push the total past 250. Left-arm spinner Nahida Akhter was Bangladesh’s most successful bowler with 2 for 22 in eight overs.
In reply, Bangladesh lost opener Murshida Khatun in the second over to pacer Marizanne Kapp. Sanjida Islam partnered Fargana Hoque in a 63-run second-wicket stand, the pair putting up the only two noteworthy performances with the bat for Bangladesh. It was the legspin of van Niekerk that caused the breakthrough, as Sanjida stepped out, missed the line, and was stumped. South Africa used as many as nine bowlers, with five out of them picking up at least one wicket.
Bangladesh crumbled from 74 for 2 to 112 for 9, as van Niekerk ripped through the middle order with two wickets in four overs. The left-arm pace of Tryon helped wrap up the tail; she picked two in her five overs and conceded at 2.80.
Hoque kept going with a 146-ball 69 before du Preez struck in the 50th over to dismiss the No. 11 Panna Ghosh to end the game.